Democracy has always required free flow of ideas. In the modern age, this means free, open internet. Where all citizens can freely voice their opinions, share, and debate. Further, Access to an open internet for all is necessary to strengthen democratic engagement and governance. Additionally, enable equal participation in the market economy. Also, promote social accountability.
Moreover, The Open Internet for Democracy Leaders Program a collaboration between the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) – is an eight-month non-resident leadership program that empowers emerging leaders from across the globe to build their advocacy and organizing skills to protect internet freedom.
Additionally, Open Internet for Democracy Leaders is a unique cohort of global advocates from civic organizations, media, and also, the private sector who are passionate about protecting and promoting an open internet.
The program aims to:
- Empower emerging open internet advocates to advance internet policy discussions and organize for change in their country and region.
- Strengthen the Open Internet for Democracy Community by connecting emerging open internet advocates with their global peers.
- The selected applicants will be a part of a larger international network where they can learn from peers and share their work.
- Open Internet Leaders will receive an honorarium of $1000 USD for completing their required activities, as well as travel and per diem covered for trips to one regional forum/conference and the 2019 Internet Governance Forum to be held in Berlin, Germany, November 25-29, 2019.
- Demonstrated interest or experience working on open internet issues, with preference given to those focused on media, private sector/entrepreneurship or civic/political participation
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: policy, activism, research, or technical expertise
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision in collaboration with colleagues across different time zones
- Also, Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Strong social media skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Further, Strong presentation skills
- Must be able to travel to one international conference and one event/forum related to open internet or internet freedom in your home region (locations TBD; costs covered)
- Preference is given to individuals from non-OECD countries